The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is an interesting museum in which guests are provided with a chance to envision what occurred at the house in the past. The rooms of the house’s Secret Annex have been carefully preserved in their original state. These rooms are empty due to their furniture being carted away after the family’s arrest. Salvaged objects and documents that belonged to the the people in hiding in the Secret Annex are on display at the museum.

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The front of the Anne Frank House, where Otto Frank had his office and helpers worked, has been restored to the atmosphere and style of the period of hiding. Visitors can now feel as if they are personally involved in what happened at the house. The story is shared through snippets of Anne Frank’s diary as a reference. Original photographs, documents, and objects showcased in the exhibits act to strengthen her personal account of hiding, as well as deportation to the concentration camps. The Anne Frank House museum also features three short videos that put the personal story into a historical context.

Several personal items and documents that belonged to members of the Frank family, as well those of other people who were in hiding in the Secret Annex and the helpers have been carefully preserved. These items are now make up a special collection: the Anne Frank House’s museum collection. Some of these objects can be viewed on display in the temporary and permanent exhibits at the museum.

The most well known object from the museum collection is the green and red checked diary that was used by Anne Frank during the time she was in hiding. This diary is on display permanently, along with some of her other writings. Several other items in the collection have a direct relationship with the helpers and other people who were in hiding. Other objects found within the museum collection are associated with the diary’s success, such as the film and the stage play “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

In March of the year 1944, Anne Frank heard that people’s diaries would be collected after World War II. She then decided to rewrite her entire diary, since her dream was to be a famous journalist and writer. The rewritten version of her diary is comprised of two hundred and fifteen loose sheets of paper. Twenty of these sheets are displayed on rotation in the Anne Frank House. There are two additions books written by Anne Frank on display as well. Her “Tales Book” includes short stories she wrote herself, and her “Favorite Quotes Notebook” features quotes she had liked and written down. UNESCO added the manuscripts of Anne Frank to its World Documentary Heritage List in 2009.

Next door to the former office of Otto Frank, the old house on the canal side has been completely renovated. In this house, visitors can learn more about Anne Frank’s diary, as well as its significance. The original diaries, as well as other writings by Anne Brank, are on permanent display at the Anne Frank House museum. There is also a bookshop and a cafe.

Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Phone: 31-2-05-56-71-05

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